Captain Cullen returned to winning ways over a mile at this track last month and is upped 5lb. He has the beating of Harpist on earlier form and Iron Major has a couple of lengths to make up on latest running. Jockey bookings suggest the latter is favoured of Ed Lynam's runners but a chance is taken on stablemate DOC HOLLIDAY as he went close over track and trip last month and can add to his earlier course wins off only a slightly higher mark. Ask Dad and Blue Bullet may figure back up in trip but this is tougher than the race Cool Athlete won here in January.
Captain Cullen (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway into close 4th 2f out, soon ridden, close 4th 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead on inner close home, won at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Jan beating Danseur De Feu (8-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Harpist (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Dwelt and in rear, under pressure entering straight, no impression from 2f out, 9th of 14, 10l behind Pearl Of Africa (9-0) at Dundalk 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Nov.
Fastidious 33-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 24, 19l behind Nero Emperor (9-10) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Iron Major (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Soon mid-division, 6th under 2f out, closed to chase leaders 1f out, 3rd inside final furlong, kept on same pace and dropped to 4th near line, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Equation Of Time (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Doc Holliday (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Held up in touch, ridden entering straight, 6th 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 7, 6l behind Grey Danube (8-11) at Dundalk 6f hcap pol in Jan.
Ask Dad 9-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd 2f out, 2nd 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Knock Stars (9-4) at Dundalk 6f hcap pol.
Basilica 4-1 (9-10) Led, edged right halfway, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 16l behind Kingswinford (9-10) at Folkestone 7f sell stks (6) gf in Sep '12.
Blue Bullet (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, 6th 1f out, no extra, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Knock Stars (9-4) at Dundalk 6f hcap pol.
Cool Athlete (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Soon towards rear, ridden approaching straight, 7th under 2f out, switched right over 1f out, soon 6th, ran on without threatening on outer inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Equation Of Time (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Oor Jock (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, ridden entering straight, soon no impression, 7th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Knock Stars (9-4) at Dundalk 6f hcap pol.
Newberry Hill (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, headway entering straight and ridden to dispute 2f out, headed 1f out and soon dropped to 3rd, no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Al Murqab (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 1f mdn stks sft in Nov.
Pierre D'or (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up in rear and took keen hold, ridden to go 6th over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 3l behind Rummaging (9-4) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Nov.